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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Study Offers Alternatives for Forest Management after Storms

A Harvard Forest study soon to be published in the journal Ecology highlights 20 years of data from a forest disrupted by a major hurricane simulation in 1990. Although post-storm management strategies generally involve removal of dead and damaged trees, the Ecology study suggests that forests recover more readily when they are left alone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

International Conference: Solving Small-scale Forestry Issues

In an international conference co-organized by Harvard Forest researcher and University of Massachusetts professor David Kittredge, more than 90 specialists from 18 different countries convened at UMass Amherst in late September to share research results, identify future research themes, and discuss solutions inherent to small scale forests and forestry that can benefit landowners, society, and the global environment.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Harvard Forest Post-Doc Earns Prestigious Banting Fellowship

Greg Breed, a Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow, has begun a 2-year fellowship at the University of Alberta to continue his research on butterfly population dynamics. Banting fellowships are granted by the Canadian federal government "to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier Canadian and international postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding."

Monday, October 1, 2012

MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Orientation and Trail Project at the Forest

Twenty MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members started their year of service this September with a four-day orientation at the Harvard Forest.  The MassLIFT (Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow) program, founded and led by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, trains and supports its members to sustain and often initiate conservation-related projects across Massachusetts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Highlights from the 2012 Summer Research Program

32 undergraduate students spent summer 2012 at the Harvard Forest, hard at work with their mentors on research projects related to climate change, wildlife, water quality, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, and conservation. While most students participated as part of the Summer Research Program in Ecology, two students were Leadership Fellows from the SEEDS program of the Ecological Society of America.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Museum Series to Feature Harvard Forest Keynotes

A public event series at the Harvard Museum of Natural History will feature lectures by several Harvard Forest researchers this fall. 

September 19, 6:00pm
Forest Invaders! How Invasive Species are Reshaping the Wooded Landscape of New England
Panel discussion by Dave Orwig and David Foster

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Harvard Forest Welcomes New Bullard Fellows

The seven Charles Bullard fellows arriving at the Forest this fall will spend the academic year collaborating with Harvard researchers to investigate topics ranging from seed dispersal and biophysical modeling to sustainable forestry.

Learn more about this year's fellows.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Special Exhibit "First Contact" to Open Sept. 23

Through digital projections, landscape photography, high-definition video, and forest audio recordings taken at the Harvard Forest, overlaid with historical voiceover texts and music, First Contact will immerse visitors in the experience of 17th century peoples as they struggled to reconcile opposing notions about land use.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

New Study: Massachusetts Butterflies Responding to Climate Change

A partnership between Harvard Forest scientists Greg Breed, Elizabeth Crone, and Sharon Stichter of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club has led to a new study in Nature Climate Change.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Scientist Awarded Medal for Distinguished Career

We heartily congratulate Steve Wofsy--Harvard faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and longtime research associate at the Harvard Forest--who has received the Roger Revelle Medal from the American Geophysical Union.